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Focus group findings help identify service site needs

When new right to repair laws were announced, a national retailer took the opportunity to examine an existing service site, originally designed for service and repair personnel. There were numerous issues with it, however, and it didn’t serve the needs of intended users, much less consumers. Upper management labeled it “terrible” and knew major improvements were needed but didn’t know exactly what those were or how to properly prioritize. To make matters worse, they lacked internal resources to effectively design, develop or implement a massive update, much less maintain it.

OUR APPROACH

We had already started an audit, heuristic, and competitive evaluation of the current site, all revealing numerous issues with branding, functionality, documentation, and more. We wanted to hear directly from users, however, in order to fully understand most critical needs, now and looking forward. To do that, we engaged with site stakeholders, including current and potential users.
Key findings from six focus groups revealed 100+ unique issues with the site, from missing and inaccurate content to functionality and navigation. Participants indicated a lack of trust in the site and reported having to seek information elsewhere. Overall, users emphasized the need for accurate, usable, easy-to-find and well-maintained content on the site.

THE RESULTS

We provided many actionable recommendations to improve overall user experience, leading to the redesign and testing of a new-and-improved service site. We also provided upper leadership with evidence clearly demonstrating an overwhelming need for a site overhaul, highlighting its potential to enhance efficiency, user confidence and functionality. Focus group insights served as the foundation for recommendations provided to design a service site that better meets user needs and satisfies upcoming right to repair laws.

Usability testing helps avoid disastrous product launch

A worldwide leader in networking products and services was developing a new mesh network targeting both expert IT personnel and tech-savvy DIY users. Some stakeholders, however, had major concerns about ongoing issues, so upper leadership wanted a thorough evaluation and objective input to help inform their next steps. For that, they turned to D2.

OUR APPROACH

We started with a competitive evaluation of three products targeted at similar user personas and immediately found three to four times the number of issues as competitor products with similar complexity. Numerous documentation and software bugs made our customer’s product unusable. We worked with our customer to solve problems and prepare the product for additional testing, ultimately leading to development of new firmware.

When the new version of the product was ready, we conducted a heuristic evaluation, a communications review, and a usability test with participants matching target personas.

Key findings from all efforts revealed 200+ continued issues with product functionality, as well as missing or confusing information on packaging, in documentation, and in on-screen instructions. Test participants said they liked some elements, such as an associated app and QR code scanner. The overall experience, however, proved to be frustrating and DIY users, in particular, needed more help than our customer had anticipated.

THE RESULTS

We provided many actionable recommendations to help improve customer experience. Given the volume and severity of our findings, however, we also strongly recommended delaying the product launch until issues were resolved and test results showed marked improvement. Our customer agreed and the launch was halted. In the end, D2 input and the ability of our customer’s leadership team to look long-term helped them avoid a potentially disastrous product launch and preserve both brand image and reputation.

 

Driving a successful patent portfolio where others failed

Founded in 1999, PC Pitstop started as a free diagnostic website designed to improve the overall computing experience. In 2009, the company launched PC Matic, a comprehensive tool geared to support system maintenance and security. Foreseeing a rise in cyberattacks, CEO and Founder Rob Cheng further strengthened PC Matic with the introduction of innovative malware protection technology developed entirely in house. At first, the team didn’t realize their ideas were so patentable. D2 helped raise awareness but efforts to develop a patent portfolio with a “big-time law firm” failed. That’s when D2 had a chance to make a real difference.

OUR APPROACH

Former colleagues at Gateway, Inc., D2 President Tony Olson and Rob knew each other well but were busy with new businesses. They hadn’t had much opportunity to work together again but stayed in touch. Having lead the patent program for Fortune 500 company, Gateway, Tony recognized the huge potential of PC Matic ideas. He talked to Rob about the value of patents and how he could use them as a competitive advantage, then helped develop a process for capturing new ideas. D2 applied a strong, unique, 3-legged stool approach to carefully review and analyze new ideas. This approach brings patent agents, who are required to have field engineering experience, together with other D2 experts with advanced technical and business experience. D2 managed all interaction with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) and set up an easy-to-use tool for tracking progress through the entire patent process.

THE RESULTS

The PC Matic team now has seen first-hand just how valuable innovation can be when it is managed properly. In the past three years alone, numerous patents have been granted by the USPTO, with many more applications in the pipeline. Now, not only is PC Matic known internationally for award-winning products, it has patents to back up and protect that innovation. Looking forward, a strong and growing patent portfolio will help increase company value, whether for investors or other business opportunities.

Heuristic evaluation offers long-term positive results

When early warnings and low ratings indicated potential issues with a newly released dishwasher, a natonal retailer’s product development team jumped on it. Online customer reviews said the control panel was confusing and hard to understand, and provided little to no detail, making it impossible to pinpoint the problem, much less solve it. To help them better understand customer painpoints, the product team asked D2 to “evaluate the operation of the dishwasher and the ease and understandability of using the buttons.”

OUR APPROACH

Applying customer behavior expertise, we conducted a heuristic evaluation on a similar model, with the understanding that relevant recommendations could be applied to other dishwashers featuring a similar control panel and functionality. As part of the heuristic, we analyzed available data, researched competitive designs, and reviewed alternate panel mockups from the product team. We shared key findings with the product team, provided actionable recommendations, and collaborated on priority efforts.
Several updates to both the dishwasher and related communications were ultimately implemented to improve usability and overall customer experience. The control panel itself was redesigned for a clean, fresh, intuitive look. Product features, such as the number of cycles, LEDs, and sound indicators were improved. New on-product labels with information about features were added, faulty error codes were fixed, user manuals were expanded to include more information, and user-friendly FAQs were created.

THE RESULTS

Newer dishwashers showed positive comments about the control panel, indicating that it was intuitive, easy to use, convenient and had great controls. Star ratings also improved from 3.6 to 4.3 between the first and second model.

Five years later, product managers continued to recall the project and its long-term positive impact across an entire product line.

GOODWILL OF THE GREAT PLAINS
GOODWILL OF THE GREAT PLAINS
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
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I’ve worked with Tony Olson & Liz Roscovius and the team at D2 WorldWide in North Sioux for 10 years. Their knowledge is dynamic, service is excellent, and communication is very good! They’ve been a valuable partnership for us!
LINGUATECH INTERNATIONAL
LINGUATECH INTERNATIONAL
OWNER
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Our collaboration with D2 spans 15+ years. Liz and her team are amazing to work with – professional, responsive, resourceful, accommodating, honest, and courteous. We used their copy editing and proofreading expertise and were impressed by their thoroughness. D2’s multifaceted team is a great asset.
ELEMENT ELECTRONICS
ELEMENT ELECTRONICS
ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER
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Thank you for working around our short notice request and pulling through on time. It is greatly appreciated by everyone on the team.
SWEET SPOT AMERICA
SWEET SPOT AMERICA
OWNER/REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER
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Absolutely fantastic. I cannot thank you and your team enough. A truly excellent job.
CANDOR HEALTH PRODUCTS
CANDOR HEALTH PRODUCTS
OWNER
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Working with D2 Worldwide provided the level of professionalism needed for the holder to be a very desirable product.
PC MATIC
PC MATIC
PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION
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PC Matic has been working with D2 for more than 5 years. D2 has not only helped us get that very first patent, they’ve helped us develop an entire patent portfolio. D2’s patent agent / engineer tag team approach allows them to listen to and understand our developers. D2 works like they are a part of PC Matic. We love the relationship we have built with D2 over the years
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